Mediabrands Content Studio Appoints Alfonso Marian Global CEO and Chief Creative Officer

Brendan Gaul and Alfonso Marian

Mediabrands Content Studio (MBCS) has named Alfonso Marian Global Chief Executive Officer and Chief Creative Officer working with Chief Content Officer Brendan Gaul.

Marian joins MBCS from Ogilvy, where he spent the last three years as Chairman of Ogilvy Spain. He also previously served as Ogilvy’s Co-Chief Creative Officer in New York.

MBCS will support Mediabrands agencies including UM, Initiative and Reprise around the world offering a suite of services and developing cutting-edge tools to better bolster Mediabrands’ content and production capabilities.


During his time at Ogilvy, Marian also served as the agency’s Worldwide Creative Director for Customer Engagement and e-commerce and spent more than a decade in senior creative and directorial roles for Ogilvy and within the company’s global operations.

Gaul continues as Global Chief Content Chief Officer at Mediabrands leading overall content strategy and direction for IPG Mediabrands while running day-to-day operations at Mediabrands’ film and television studio, TRAVERSE32, as Global President. Marian, who will report to Gaul, will spearhead MBCS’s growing, global scope which will expand from its original focus on 12 key markets to 20 territories in the coming year. These additional locations will further enable MBCS to offer Mediabrands’ clients greater unique market insights, and enhanced support for local, regional, and global content campaigns.

“I’ve watched Alfonso’s career for years. He has a reputation for producing brilliant work, being laser-focused on client success and the ability to build supportive teams,” said Gaul.

“I’m thrilled that he’s joining MBCS as we build the content studio of the future, a best-in-class agency that offers clients extraordinary creative services using a media-first approach. Alfonso brings extensive agency leadership credentials and is also a visionary leader who uniquely understands how media moves creative forward.”


MBCS’s forward-looking move marks a deeper commitment by media holding company, IPG Mediabrands, to broaden the scale and scope of content offerings that they can provide for clients across the network.  It comes as more access to addressability, more opportunities for media platform creativity and more connections to the creator economy increasingly impact how brand stories are told and content is made in the world today.

“I am excited to be a part of MBCS at such a pivotal time in the company’s genesis. MBCS is not only leading a movement that will forever change the media and content landscape but evinces Mediabrands’ commitment to understanding how the brave new world of content is moving audiences emotionally, moving ideas across media plans, and most importantly, moving client KPIs and sales,” said Marian.

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